SCC to Begin Building the Dream at Health Professions Center Groundbreaking

10/21/2014

On Monday, Southeastern Community College (SCC) hosted a ground breaking ceremony for its new Health Professions Center on the West Burlington campus.

Approximately 100 community members, SCC staff, and students attended the event near the future site of the facility to listen to local dignitaries and elected officials share remarks.

SCC President, Dr. Michael Ash, explained to the crowd how the new facility will improve student learning.

“This building is going to contain some pretty high-tech stuff. Healthcare providers in our region rely on us to produce highly skilled graduates, and our students will get a top-notch education using the state-of-the-art technology – all right here in their back yard.”

[To see photos from the event, visit SCC's flickr page.]

SCC instructor Dr. Deborah Hedger added that students will benefit from the increased opportunities for faculty collaboration.

“In West Burlington, our healthcare programs and faculty are scattered across campus. Centralizing them under one roof will make for more efficient use of resources, cross-discipline collaboration and sharing of technology. All of this will improve learning.”

The projected $10.4 million project will house the latest training equipment and facilities in the healthcare industry. It will include state-of-the-art patient simulation labs, a specialized multimedia classroom, an ambulance simulation room, faculty offices and student study spaces.

Greater Burlington Partnership President Jason Hutcheson noted that economic development increasingly focuses on a quality workforce, thus making SCC an even more vital asset to the region. “It used to be that the number one requirement for attracting business to the area was availability of land and infrastructure. Increasingly, it’s the availability of talent.”

Preliminary site work has begun. However, due to higher than expected bid results, the College hasn’t yet awarded the construction project. Officials are reworking the plans to issue a second round of bidding and plan to select a contractor by December. Construction is expected to begin in March, weather permitting.

The facility is the first phase of the College’s “Building the Dream” comprehensive infrastructure expansion initiative. Other initiatives on the West Burlington campus include a Hall of Sciences building to accompany the new Health Professions Center, a student center, and residence hall. The College will also break ground for an Industrial Technologies Training Center on the Keokuk campus next spring.

Dr. Ash says everyone at SCC is very excited to continue offering a high quality, affordable education to area residents. “We have a quality institution right in our back yard that’s affordable and accessible. Thousands of families in the Great River Region rely on SCC to provide opportunities for a quality college education.  The more options we can provide to these students, the more likely they will be to choose SCC and then make their home here afterward.”

 To learn more about SCC’s Building the Dream initiative, visit http://www.scciowa.edu/buildingthedream/index.aspx.